They hit the road on the “American Idol Live” tour last summer, but what has become of the top 10 “American Idol” Season 9 finalists? For these perfect 10’s, it’s still all about the music.
Didi Benami . The 10th place “American Idol” finalist opened the concert tour last summer, but she didn’t sit idle after the tour ended. Didi posted on her MySpace blog that she is keeping busy writing songs and performing (including a recent benefit concert at The Dream Foundation in Santa Barbara.)
Andrew Garcia . He was “straight up” with fans from the beginning and now, while fans are still waiting on a definitive record deal for Garcia, he plays gigs (including the recent SLAM! concert at UCLA ) and posts updated music videos on his popular YouTube channel.
Katie Stevens . The 17 year old recently tweeted that she had a “meeting” and added,” My meeting was amazing! Really exciting stuff! Can’t wait til I can tell you more!” Could it be a record deal? We can only hope. And when a record company does come knocking, Stevens will be prepared. Last summer she told NeonLimelight that she’s been writing songs and has come up with a Christina Aguilera-Kelly Clarkson sound for her music.
Tim Urban. The 7th place finalist recently released an independent soft rock EP, which will be available on iTunes. The EP, titledHeart of Me, will include the songs “Blur”, “Lullaby” and “Wheels Touch Down”.
Siobhan Magnus . According to the Siobhan Magnus fansite, the quirky 6th place finalist has plenty of small venue dates lined up- and one special one. Magnus has been tapped to appear in the 6ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, the nation’s oldest turkey day parade.
Aaron Kelly. Thank God he’s a country boy! While at first glance some may have confused 17 year old Aaron Kelly for a pop singer, he made it clear on “Idol” that he was more of a country boy. The Pennsylvania teen recently posted on his MySpace blog that he’s made a move to Nashville and has been songwriting with music pros like Rafe Van Hoy, Blu Sanders and Jessie Jo Dillon. Sounds like some good stuff is on the way.
Michael Lynche. Big Mike made a big impression on the show, ultimately being spared an early elimination when the judges used their coveted “save” on him. Fans can keep up with him on Twitter, where he recently tweeted about spending some time in the recording studio and working with “American Idol” Season 2 winner, Ruben Studdard.
Casey James. The third place heartthrob (and Kara DioGuardi’s eye candy) landed a record deal with Sony Nashville and 19 Recordings/BNA Records. His album is expected to be out in 2011.
Crystal Bowersox. While the “AI9” runner -up is still making music, she’s making even more beautiful music with new hubby, Brian Walker. That’s right, Crystal Bowersox got married last month. And according to her official website, Mamasox also teamed up with rocker Melissa Etheridge on the iTunes song “I Run for Life”, with the proceeds going to The Breast Cancer Foundation. Meanwhile, Crystal’s Jive records debut, Farmer’s Daughter , will be released on December 14th.
Lee DeWyze . The “American Idol” winner’s long-awaited debut album, Live It Up , will be released on November 16th. Songs include the debut single “Sweet Serendipity” as well as “Beautiful Like You” and “Me and My Jealousy”.